FERNDALE, Wash. — Ferndale School District officials sent a message to parents and families of students today, Monday, March 7th, about 11:35am that they had evacuated an area of the Vista Middle School campus after discovering what was described as a “suspicious device.”
The following message, sent about an hour later, clarified the situation.
The reported device has been assessed by a bomb assessment team and was identified as a non-threatening device made to look harmful. Law enforcement officials are conducting a comprehensive search throughout the campus and students and staff will return to normal operations upon approval.
Officials with the Ferndale School District collaborated with the Ferndale Police Department (FPD) and issued the following statement about 2:45pm.
This morning, March 7, the administration at Vista Middle School reported a suspicious device to the Ferndale Police Department. Students and staff were removed to a safe distance as recommended by law [enforcement] officials.
Law enforcement, including the Hazardous Device Unit from the Bellingham Police Department, assessed the device, disassembled it, and found it to be non-threatening. Additionally, a comprehensive search of the building and surrounding perimeter was conducted, and students & staff returned to normal operations.Ferndale School District (March 7, 2022)
The incident continues to be investigated by the FPD according to Spokesperson Riley Sweeney.